Professor in the Practice
Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies
Dennis Deletant is Professor in the Practice, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies. He was Emeritus Professor of Romanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London, where he taught between 1969 and 2011. From 2003 to 2010 he also taught at the University of Amsterdam (on secondment from UCL). Between 2001 and 2003 he was also Visiting Professor at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
In 1988 he was declared persona non grata by the Romanian authorities as a result of his adverse comments on the Ceauşescu regime in the British publishing and broadcasting media. In 1990, he acted as co-organizer of the British Book Appeal in aid of Central University Library in Bucharest -damaged by fire during the Romanian revolution in December 1989- which assembled 400,000 volumes for despatch between January and April 1990 and in the same year was invited to join the advisory board of the British government’s Know-How Fund which channelled expertise to the post-Communist countries of Europe. He was actively involved in the Romanian and Moldovan aspects of its work until the board was dissolved in 1999; for this service he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1995.
He is the author of several monographs and volumes of studies on the recent history of Romania, among them Ceauşescu and the Securitate: Coercion and Dissent in Romania, 1965-89 (London; New York, 1996), Romania under Communist Rule (Bucharest, 1998), Communist Terror in Romania: Gheorghiu-Dej and the Police State, 1948-1965, (London; New York, 1999) and Ion Antonescu. Hitler’s Forgotten Ally (London: New York, 2006).
Areas of Expertise: Romania (history and politics), the Police State, Minorities.
Articles in Journals
Dennis Deletant. “Ion Antonescu and the Holocaust in Romania’, .” East Central Europe 39.1 (2012): 61-100.
Dennis Deletant. “‘Researching MI6 and Romania, 1940–49’.” Slavonic and East European Review, 89.4 (2011): 662-89.
Articles in Books
Dennis Deletant. “.‘Nationalism as Unification. Some considerations on the role of the Historian as Nation-Builder’.” La Costruzione dello Stato-nazione in Italia. Ed. Adriano Roccucci. Rome: Viella, 2012: 25-38
Dennis Deletant. “Ion Antonescu: The Paradoxes of his Regime, 1940-44’.” In the Shadow of Hitler. Personalities of the Right in Central and Eastern Europe,. Ed. Rebecca Haynes and Martin Rady. London: I.B. Tauris, 2011: 278-294
Dennis Deletant, Ottmar Trasca, ed. The Third Reich and the Holocaust in Romania. 1940-1944. Documents from the German Archives. Bucharest: Editura Institutului Na?ional pentru Studierea Holocaustului din România „Elie Wiesel”, 2007.